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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alderon Iron Ore Corp. (TSX:IRON) ("Alderon" or the “Company”) announces the filing on SEDAR of its National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report entitled “Update to the Re-Scoped Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Kamistiatusset (Kami) Iron Ore Property, Labrador”, dated effective November 7, 2017 (the “Updated PEA”). The Updated PEA is an update to a re-scoped preliminary economic assessment on the Kami Iron Ore Project that was issued on March 14, 2017 (the “March 2017 PEA”).

The March 2017 PEA was prepared based on a plan to use the depleted pit at the Wabush Scully Mine as part of a tailings solution for the Kami Project. The Wabush Scully Mine was recently acquired by a third party who has stated its intention to re-open the mine. As a result, the Updated PEA has been prepared to remove the components related to the Wabush Scully Mine. Alderon announced the results of the Updated PEA in a news release on November 7, 2017. There are no material differences between the results announced in that news release and those contained in the final report, as filed on SEDAR.

“The Updated PEA demonstrates that, even without the use of the Wabush Scully Mine, the Kami Project maintains robust economics,” stated Mark Morabito, Chairman and CEO of Alderon. “Stricter environmental regulation has driven demand for high-grade, low-impurity iron ore, like the concentrate that will be produced from the Kami Project, as it allows end users to improve productivity, reduce costs, and meet more stringent environmental standards.”

The Updated PEA replaces the Company’s March 2017 PEA as the current technical report on the Kami Project.

Highlights of the Kami Project Updated Preliminary Economic Assessment (US dollars)

  • Estimated pre-tax Net Present Value (NPV) at 8% discount rate is $1.781 billion based on an average production rate of 7.8 million tonnes per year of iron ore concentrate at a grade of 65.2% iron, over the life of the mine;
  • Total estimated capital cost (excluding sustaining capital) is $999.4 million;
  • Average estimated operating cost is $29.94/tonne;
  • The FOB concentrate sales price used is US$72.23/tonne. This price was calculated at a reference date of September 1, 2017, using the 3-year trailing average price of US$62.40/tonne for the Platts IODEX 62% Fe, CFR North China, adding the spot Fe premium of US$25.07/tonne and applying the discounts and premiums allowed by the HBIS and Glencore agreements;
  • Estimated mine life of 24 years;
  • Internal rate of return (pre-tax) for the project is 25.7%; and
  • Projected payback period is 3.7 years.
  • The exchange rate used in the Updated PEA is $1.00CDN = US$0.77.

On a post-tax basis, the Updated PEA shows a NPV of US$941 million at a cash flow discount rate of 8%. The post-tax IRR for the project is 19.3% and the payback period is 4.5 years. The post-tax analysis is based on a number of assumptions fully set out in the Updated PEA.

Technical Report and Qualified Person

The Technical Report was prepared under the supervision of Mr. Angelo Grandillo, P.Eng, of BBA, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, with contributions from Gemtec and WGM. Mr. Grandillo is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 and Mr. Grandillo is independent of Alderon.  Mr. Grandillo has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release. Mr. Grandillo has verified all the data underlying the technical information disclosed in this news release.

Additional information regarding the Kami Project and results of the Updated PEA can be found in the Technical Report which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

About Alderon

Alderon is a leading iron ore development company in Canada.  The Kami Project, owned 75% by Alderon and 25% by HBIS Group Co. Ltd. (formerly Hebei Iron & Steel Group Co. Ltd.) (“HBIS”) through The Kami Mine Limited Partnership, is located within Canada’s premier iron ore district and is surrounded by two producing iron ore mines. Its port handling facilities are located in Sept-Îles, the leading iron ore port in North America. HBIS is Alderon’s strategic partner in the development of the Kami Project and China’s second largest steel producer.

For more information on Alderon, please visit our website at www.alderonironore.com

ALDERON IRON ORE CORP.
On behalf of the Board
"Mark J Morabito"
Chairman & CEO

Alderon is part of the King & Bay group of companies. King & Bay is a merchant bank that specializes in identifying, funding, developing and supporting growth opportunities in the resource, aviation, and technology sectors.

For further information please call:
Fiona Grant Leydier (NATIONAL Equicom)
1-416-848-9851
fgrantleydier@national.ca
info@alderonironore.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and Canadian securities laws concerning anticipated developments and events that may occur in the future. Forward-looking information contained in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to (i) the details of the re-scoping of the Kami Project including potential capital and operating cost savings; (ii) the market and future price of iron ore and related products; (iii) the negotiation and conclusion of infrastructure contracts; (iv) expected infrastructure requirements; and (v) the results of the Updated PEA including statements about future production, future operating and capital costs, the projected IRR, NPV, payback period, construction timelines and production timelines for the Kami Project.

In certain cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" suggesting future outcomes, or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance. Forward-looking information contained in this press release is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, receipt of governmental and other approvals,  the estimation of mineral resources, the realization of resource estimates, iron ore and other metal prices, the timing and amount of future development expenditures, the estimation of initial and sustaining capital requirements, the estimation of labour and operating costs, the availability of necessary financing and materials to continue to explore and develop the Kami Project in the short and long-term, the progress of exploration and development activities, the ability of the Company to use the multi-user terminal facility at the Port of Sept-Îles,  the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals, the estimation of insurance coverage, assumptions with respect to currency fluctuations and exchange rates, environmental risks, title disputes or claims, and other similar matters. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.

Forward looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors include risks inherent in the exploration and development of mineral deposits, including risks relating to changes in project parameters as plans continue to be redefined including the possibility that mining operations may not commence at the Kami Project, risks relating to variations in mineral resources, grade or recovery rates resulting from current exploration and development activities, risks relating to the ability to access rail transportation, sources of power and port facilities, risks relating to changes in iron ore prices and the worldwide demand for and supply of iron ore and related products, risks related to increased competition in the market for iron ore and related products and in the mining industry generally, risks related to current global financial conditions, uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral resources, access and supply risks, reliance on key personnel, operational risks inherent in the conduct of mining activities, including the risk of accidents, labour disputes, increases in capital and operating costs and the risk of delays or increased costs that might be encountered during the development process, regulatory risks, including risks relating to the acquisition of the necessary licences and permits, financing, capitalization and liquidity risks, including the risk that the financing necessary to fund the exploration and development activities at the Kami Project may not be available on satisfactory terms, or at all, risks related to disputes concerning property titles and interest, risks related to disputes with Aboriginal groups, risks related to insufficient capacity being available for the Company to access the multi-user terminal facility at the Port of Sept-Îles, environmental risks and the additional risks identified in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Information Form for the most recently completed financial year, or other reports and filings with applicable Canadian securities regulators. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The forward-looking information is made as of the date of this press release. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information.